Archive for November, 2015

Request assistance through Wednesday, Nov. 25

Reminder: Con or Bust will be accepting requests for assistance from fans of color/non-white fans to attend SFF cons through Wednesday, November 25. (Requests must be timestamped on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern; I may or may not be awake to turn the form off.)

Here’s how to request assistance, and here’s the list of upcoming cons for which specific assistance is available. Please spread the word!

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availability of assistance for ICFA

People have asked whether assistance is available for fans of color/non-white fans attending ICFA, the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. After gathering information, it appears to me that ICFA is principally an academic conference, which is outside Con or Bust’s scope, but that it contains a smaller but distinct SFF convention portion. Therefore, Con or Bust assistance is potentially available to fans of color/non-white fans planning to attend ICFA who are not presenting a paper there. The usual procedure will be followed for determining whether any particular request for assistance can be granted; please see the Request Assistance page for more information.

Assistance can be requested through November 25, 2015 for all upcoming SFF cons; the next assistance-request period is February 15-25, 2016.

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last-minute free memberships to SFContario 6

Fans of color/non-white fans who can get to Toronto this weekend:

Four free memberships (edit: one of which has been claimed) are available to SFContario 6, November 20-22, 2016, Toronto, ON, Canada. SFContario is a general-interest con with a literary focus; this year, its Guests of Honor are Saladin Ahmed, Peter Watts, and Tom Smith. The memberships have been donated by the con.

See the Request Assistance page for information on how to request these memberships, or to request other assistance from Con or Bust (now through November 25!). Thanks, and please spread the word!

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free memberships to JordanCon, GeekGirlCon now available

The following free SFF con memberships are now available to fans of color/non-white fans:

  • JordanCon, April 22-24, 2016, Atlanta, GA, USA. JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention founded in honor of the late author, Robert Jordan; in 2016 it will also be hosting DeepSouthCon 54, which is the Southeast’s premiere regional convention for fans of genre literature. Its Guests of Honor are Catherine Asaro and John Picacio.

    JordanCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by March 27, 2016.

  • GeekGirlCon, October 8 & 9, 2016, Seattle, WA, USA. GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women world-wide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events.

    GeekGirlCon has donated ten passes to Con or Bust.

See the Request Assistance page for information on how to request these memberships, or to request other assistance from Con or Bust (now through November 25!). Thanks, and please spread the word!

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reminder: request assistance from Nov. 15-25

Fans of color/non-white fans: Con or Bust will be taking requests for monetary assistance to attend cons, plus free memberships to cons, from November 15 through November 25, 2015. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page. Please mark your calendars and spread the word!

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